Magnet Fishing Can Be A Blast

A week or so ago, David Wroten Jr. was magnet fishing at the Cape Henlopen fishing pier. ” I’ve been doing it off and on for about 2 years. I just recently bought a stronger magnet. My whole plan was to just go and snag lures, sinkers, maybe a phone or camera. I pulled up maybe 7 lbs of scrap metal, a Swiss army knife, 10 sinkers and 13 hooks. It was pretty cool. ”

David caught something at the Cape Henlopen Fishing Pier he was not expecting, an old gun. A revolver to be specific, no idea what kind. “Park patrol came and looked at it, them DNREC came and took the gun away. I got it toward the end of the pier. I’m sure if I had a bigger magnet I could have gotten more stuff. I really hope when DNR is done with the gun, I can get it back. That’s a once in a life time find.

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Gun David Wroten “caught” magnet fishing at the Cape Henlopen Fishing Pier

Magnet fishing has become more and more popular. You use a very strong magnet, some people use old magnets out of stereo speakers. The stronger the magnet, you have to be careful the strength of your rope. If the magnet latches on something and it is too heavy to lift. You are going to lose a magnet. It is better to have a rope you can break off I am told by magnet anglers

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If you look on You Tube and Google there are lots of videos and articles on magnet fishing. Bridge areas are popular places to look, as well as fishing areas. Believe it or not a strong magnet can get a lead weight if the weight has that small piece of metal to hook the magnet onto your line.

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Typical magnet set up used for magnet fishing, this can pull 500 pounds and is only 2.5 inches in diameter.

Looks like we have a new hobby just for grins and giggles. Many people magnet fish when they drop something overboard working on their boat or the boat keys. It is believed that is how it all started. Looking for lost items with a magnet and finding other items. The magnets that most use are neodymium magnets or rare earth magnets. The most powerful magnets on earth. Paracord is recommended for the rope, at fifty to one hundred feet. Happy fishing.

Fish On!
Rich King

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